“….Even in the days of Mao Zedong, the most compelling objective of the party was to serve the people and attend to their needs and make a better society…. the party has remained in power till now and about to celebrate its 95 years of formation since 1921…. The story of the party is an inspiration, especially for someone from Nigeria where political parties don’t seem to have any clear agenda of moving the richly endowed country in the right direction.”
– Mr. Wang Heming, Head of African Affairs, Central Committee of the CCP to Ikenna Emewu, the SUN in Shaanxi, China. June 29, 2016.
In the totalitarian societies of the Cold War Soviet Union, the Chinese under Mao, and even in the present day Castro’s Peoples Democratic Republic of Cuba, the Party is supreme brooding no opposition. Granted that those systems are largely opposed to Fundamental Human Rights, i.e. do not tolerate the Rule of Law, and by and large operate without obligations to Human Rights Regulations, those monster regimes did, and still have some good sides.
The Communist Party of the Soviet Union celebrated its greatest tides in history when Russia announced, Yuri Gagarin, mankind’s first astronaut in space. Planning with extraordinary vision that Communist Party mobilized the Soviets and by the mid ‘60s and up till the collapse of the Soviet Empire, that regime matched the US in science, industry, sports and military capability.
Whatever, may be your claim, it is my suspicion that, Chairman Mao’s Party discipline and strenuous abilities to conquer pain and want for his Chinese billion-population, established the foundation, the national psychology and the environment which in all catapulted the Chinese gargantuan industrial leap of our times.
At the same time, Fidel Castro’s Cuba castigated for various Human Rights infringements, disparaged for his anti-democratic policies, will be remembered by history as one of the greatest Revolutions who, operating under a one party system, produced more doctors than the average UN development index of one doctor per 500 populations. Cuba under the “Dictatorship of Castro” continues to produce well enough doctors for its population and right now is exporting doctors to Angola, Ethiopia and Latin America. During the New Orleans Hurricane, Fidel Castro offered his doctors to join in the rescue efforts. Indeed, Cuba, second to Norway, with 98 per cent literate population invariably, is one of the most advanced literate nations in the world.
Elsewhere, in Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, the PDP, Peoples’ Democratic Party, prides itself as the largest political party in Africa.
For more than two decades, it has been in power. Within those years, it focused all its energies in winning elections, without giving the same attention to the act of government. Unlike those great supreme parties aforementioned, the PDP does not recognise the difference between winning elections and running governments. The party cannot point to any solid legacy after those locust years in power. It becomes an unforgiveable sin to the suffering people when it is recounted that the PDP government and the President were wallowing in oil windfall. In those years the country was unable to provide power for the Nigerian industries. Nigeria under the PDP was incapable of establishing any modern Railways. There is no operating Nigerian Shipping Lines and foreigners including the efficient Ethiopian Airlines dominate the Nigerian skies.
Under the PDP the only thriving industry in Nigeria is elections, Local governments’ elections, state and federal elections all year round. Most of the brilliant legal luminaries rotate from one court to the other prosecuting or defending election petitions. The whole of the country’s Judiciary have abandoned criminal cases and millions are in prisons awaiting trials. The legion of cases involving elections petition postpones the freedom of many other Nigerians.
Meanwhile, students, teachers, traders, farmers and even the police are mobilised away from their trade to play determined roles in servicing the only striving industry in the clime. But elections are only a process to the democratic end of upgrading the people’s standards of living.
At this time the PDP is again in attrition against itself, there is an urgent need for the party to change its philosophy and programs. Nigeria needs to unleash into the country’s underdeveloped fields a young Bismarck, men and women of urban scientific knowledge whose global vision are needed to restore the debauched industries, and redesign, and rebuild the stunted Housing projects, and the cities.
A new PDP with the appropriate vision would propel the government in the direction of modernity, metrolines, providing power etc, and finally restoring the promise that was for many years the yearning of Africa’s most populous market.
Prosperity is contagious. After the catastrophe of the second world war, Japan moved within a short period of 50 years from being a developing country to the second largest economy in the world. Japan did it for the yellow peoples of the World. Nigeria has no excuses but to recover her promise and never again allow the manifest destiny of the peoples of the mother continent be overthrown by the mundane wishes of her trifling elites.
Ikenna Emewu in his China report noted that the CCP’s creative system encouraged the NPC which is the opposition party to elect the President. The leadership of the entire country accommodates opposition parties even with the CCP serving the government as the majority. In the Chinese experiment, all successful citizens, gifted innovators, extraordinary talents, are encouraged to serve. No wonder the Chinese leap in development has no equal in both proficiency and timeliness. According to Emewu, why the excessive fantasy of a socialist failed the USSR and others, the CCP found a way out of extinction through creativity of change.
Today, there is a pretender leader, a product of the thoughtlessness of the PDP system with an intriguing name of a “Sherriff” who is parading himself as the leader of this party. I remember a Sherriff who was the governor of the war ravaged Borno State. At this time, most of his former subjects are at the tethers, traumatized by a most savage insurgency. One would have imagined that “Sherriff” who is one of the causal agents of the conflict would be engaged in sending relief and bringing in succor for the dehumanized refugees in Borno State.
Who appointed him Chairman of this bedraggled party at this time? Why would the party be in a hurry to return to the Federal government when it has a lot to prove to the forlorn Nigerian people who are still in a dizzy state after their terrible misgovernment of the past two decades?
All the same, it is the highest mark of irresponsibility for this party to now present as its Chairman, candidate men whose tempted antecedence destroyed the fabric of the last regime and contributed to our recession. Take a look at this unrepentant Caesars: Lest we forget, Retired Naval Chief, George, was recently released from jail.
The second candidate is a media mogul whose money laundering case with the EFCC is still pending. And the last candidate, who has a first name that sounds like Nicodemus of the New Testament, was the leader of the party when that party was literally buying constituencies with Dollars and Naira until the whole reserves crashed. At the end, this Nicodemus was not ashamed and he still lost the election after bankrupting the economy, plastering expired PDP party leaders with whooping largesse.
Omisore, Olise Metuh, Fani Kayode, etc. all became richer than many African countries. If this party cannot find fresh, untempted, young innovators to contest for the Chairmanship of PDP at this time, then the party has an obligation to the Nigerian people, to conduct a serious financial audit of these three unapologetic candidates, before they are cleared for nomination.
Let the PDP show reform, regeneration, apology by giving us sound government in those States, in the Local governments they still command authority over.